John B. Quigley

Pro: Administration was scrupulously even-handed

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It was a nice try. Last July, Secretary of State John Kerry convinced the Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate for a period of nine months. During that time, Kerry cajoled and wheedled to get to a peace treaty. Read more

The fresh breeze of the Arab spring is turning into the foul air of autocracy

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Democracy is easier to espouse than to achieve. The task is even harder from a distance. We say we favor democracy in Syria. We say we favor democracy in Egypt. Read more

Easing sanctions will show good faith,could resolve nuclear standoff

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Will the international sanctions currently in place against Iran keep it from developing nuclear weapons? Is... Read more

Con: Restoring defense cuts will only encourage our war hawks

COLUMBUS, Ohio - President Barack Obama should stay on track with his plan for a 10-year reduction in military spending of about $500 billion. We are winding down two wars, so troop cutbacks are normal. Read more

Con: Surge if Islam is a response to years of bad policy from the White House

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Islamic political parties are assuming roles in the new order in Arab countries. Will these parties hurt American interests in the region? Depends on what you consider our interests. Read more

US needs more evidence of Iranian plot before escalating conflict in Middle East

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The United States should put a hold on any plans it has for moving against Iran over the alleged plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador. A federal indictment claims that a Houston resident, an Iranian naturalized as a U.S. Read more

Pro: Should the US halt the use of unmanned 'killer' drones?

Armed pilotless drone aircraft are the weapon of choice these days in our military forays into the Middle East. President Barack Obama approved use of drones in Libya last spring. He said they have "unique capabilities. Read more

US brings terrorism on itself if it vetoes a valid Palestinian resolution

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Obama administration should not veto expected resolutions in the U.N. Security Council on... Read more

Cut aid to Pakistan, it's a losing cause

Pakistan is a major beneficiary of U.S. aid.

Since 2002, we have given Pakistan more than $18 billion. It now appears that Osama bin Laden... Read more

Con: Is the Muslim Brotherhood a threat to democracy in Egypt?

The Muslim Brotherhood is no threat to democratic development in Egypt. The Brotherhood is a well organized movement in Egypt, but it was not the... Read more

Not if the U.S. prods Israel to begin negotiating fairly with Palestine

The ascendance of Hezbollah in Lebanon should not doom the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Those negotiations, to be sure, are already on life support. A cynic might say there is nothing that could reduce further the prospects of a successful Israel-Palestine peace. Read more

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